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morning his entertainer, alarmed by his a prolongation of the wall. The door was ghastly looks, determined to bring him to in like manner found to be singularly explanation.
heavy and close-fitting; and, in addition, “ You can no longer conceal it,” said it was constructed so as to shut spontahe; “ you have found something disagree. neonsly the moment the person who enable in the room ; and I reproach myself tered removed his hand. In fact, the room, with having allowed you to be put into an however elegant in appearance and fur. apartment which certainly bears a bad niture, was contrived throughout in the name in the house.”
most elaborate manner, so as to be as un“What do you mean by a bad name?” wholesome as possible. Still this did not asked the guest.
account for the illusions with which it was “ I mean that it is famous for its sleep- haunted, and the architect ascended to the less lodgers, for its waking dreams-and external roof of the house. worse than that. There is not a servant Here he found that the apartment in in the house who would enter it alone after question was covered by a massive work of dark for a year's wages."
tiles, wood and lime, so as to leave a small “That is all very well for the servants; garret into which there was no opening but I know you laugh at these ignorant either by door or window. This, in confancies; and you know me too well to nection with the other circumstances we suppose that I would treat them other- have described, proved to be the solution wise than with pity and contempt. Tell of the mystery; for the mephytic gas enme at once what you believe; but first gendered in the garret, penetrating listen to a narrative of my adventures ;" through the mouldy woodwork of the and the guest related to the host, at full antique ceiling, into a place whence it length, the story of his three ill-omened found no egress, and where it could mingle nights.
only with foul air, was in reality the noc“I cannot tell you what I believe,” re- turnal spectre wlich haunted the room. plied the latter, after musing for some The effect of this gas upon the brain, in time; “for, in point of fact, I do not know exciting a temporary deliriam, is well what to believe; but your experience tal- known; and, in the present instance, the lies strangely with what I have heard on result of what was done to remedy the evil the subject before from more than one of left no doubt. my friends. I am more perplexed than The door and window were opened, the ever."
chimney was cleared, and two openings It was agreed, however, on the propo- were made in the roof. During the last sal of the architect, that a minute exa- mentioned operations, it is worthy of note, mination of the premises should imme. that when the tools of the workmen penediately take place, and the whole family trated for the first time into the garret, proceeded in a body to the chamber of the mephytic vapour which escaped had mystery.
such an effect upon one of them, that he The first thing that struck the examiner must have fallen from the roof had he not was, that the chimney was choked up with been caught hold of by his comrades. rubbish, so that no current of air could After the alterations were made, the architake place through a channel on which so tect retired to bed for the fourth time, much depends. Proceeding to the window, and enjoyed an excellent sleep, together he found it heavy and massive and so com- with a great part of the arrears of the pletely bedded that no force could raise it. preceding nights. From that moment the It appeared, on inquiry, that this was its room lost its reputation as a Chamber of original defect; that the servants had at Mystery. length given up all attempts to move it, and that the wood-work had swoollen so FICTIONS are revelations not of truth, for they much, throngh the effects of damp, that are most unreal, but of that which the soul longs the whole window, so far as the access of to be true; they are mirrors not of actual human
experience, but of human dreams and aspirations the external air was concerned, was merely 1 of the eternal desires of the heart.
THE ISLE OF WIGHT.
divisions of sea-coasts, commencing from BOOKS OF MARK.
the Thames: namely, the Southern, HEALTH RESORTS OF BRITAIN.*
Western, Northern, and Eastern (the Who is not interested in the Health latter including the Midland Districts; Resorts of the land we live in? Who is whilst Scotland is treated separately as not glad to know the best spots to recruit from beginning to end a Health Resort. the invalid or exhausted constitution ? This plan will be found very simple and The name of Dr. Thomson is a sufficient useful. Each division, and each imporguarantee for the value of any work tant locality in it, is chiefly described in bearing on popular medicine or the public its medical aspects; but the Doctor has health. He is a safe guide, and that is also a keen eye for the beautiful in nature, saying a great deal. He is a clear-headed the study of which he heartily recom and intelligent guide, without fanaticism mends as calculated to promote the attainor crochets. He does not rush to ex- ment of health. The style of treatment, tremes. He gives us the whys and the and the beauty of the illustrations with wherefores, with cool judgment; and which the book is plentifully adorned, whilst he knows what to say, he also will be gleaned from the following exknows what to omit.
Dr. Thomson informs us, that while in active practice his brief holidays have been turned to account in the collection of October have scarcely changed the green
“The first frosty nights and heavy dews of information relative to those localities of the summer foliage into the
bright warm of England which are the best suited for tint of the late autumnal landscape, when the resort of those who are in pursuit many an invalid begins to turn the of health. To his own experience the thoughts, or prepare for the journey, to Doctor has added the experiences of some one of those favoured spots of Southern many friends, besides availing himself of England where the winter months seem other sources of information, and the re
to lose their severity; where frost and sult is a supply of a public want in the visitors; and where the myrtle, the helio
snow are comparatively rare and transient production of the useful and beautiful trope, the fuchsia, and other tender plants volume before us. In his preface the wintering without protection, give evidence author observes :
of the mildness of the climate. One of “Somewhat strange is it that-with rail- these spots has acquired the promising title roads and steamboats crowded all summer
of the Garden of England,' because of its long, with roads thronged by tourists, and general beauty in all seasons; and well with winter residences sought by invalids does the Isle of Wight deserve the appellawithout number—there is yet no popular tion; but still more promising to the
• British Madeira,' work upon the subject of Health Resorts invalid is the term generally, to which reference can be made. which has been bestowed upon one portion Local Guide Books' there are in abune of this favoured little island.
“Goldsmith's lines-dance, and purely professional works, such as the standard® Climate,' by Sir James "Where smiling Spring its earliest visit paid, Clark, and the less technically written and parting Summer lingering blooms delayed," » volumes of Dr. Edwin Lees, but we are
sum up most aptly a description of the not aware of any book which those intend
climate. ing to be on the move, either for health or
“The position of the Isle of Wight, or, as pleasure, can take up and say “Let us see
it is often proudly called, "The Island,' on where we shall go.'
the southern coast, and its being sea-girt, Such a book is here provided for us, are circumstances which in themselves tend and its leading purpose is here carefully to give it a climate milder than that of worked out. A map of England, and almost any other place in the kingdom; part of Scotland is marked out into four of its most favoured sites are still further
but, in addition to these advantages, some • Health Resorts of Britain, and how to Profit by ameliorated by the circumstances of soil them. By Spencer Thomson, M.D. With numerous and protecting cliff. of these, perhaps, Illustrations. Price 5s. London: Ward and Lock, 158,
none is better or more favourably known
now yield that protection which renders | boldly from the upper termination of these the little strip of sea-land soil so valuable terraces, in elevations varying from four as the winter resort of hundreds, who, hundred to six and seven hundred feet; suffering from delicacy of chest or tendency leaving the Undercliff open only in a direct to consumption, cannot reside in more line to the south and south-east, and obnorthern or less sheltered districts.
liquely to the syuth and south-west winds. “A glance at the map of England will But not alone does this district of the show any reader who does not quite re- Undercliff recommend itself as a snuglymember its position and form that the Isle sheltered nook of the world, for it has of Wight is what may be called lozenge- natural advantages of beautiful scenery, no shaped, that two sides of the lozenge face slight recommendation to invalids, which the opposite coasts of Hampshire, that one, are scarcely to be surpassed. Beginning at the longest side, looks to the south-west, the east end, first have we Bonchurch, preand that the fourth, on which is situated senting a combination of cliffs and knolls, the Undercliff, looks to the south-east. I wooded or bare, or ivied over, intermingled
with the luxuriant foliage of the Isle of even the anxieties of every day active Wight, and guarding the numerous pretty life. villas and elegant residences which spread "From and including Bonchurch, to the over its terraced elevations.'
village of St. Lawrence beyond Ventnor, “ The luxuriance of the ivy is especially we have the most favoured and best pronoted as tending much to take away the tected portion of the Undercliff district, and appearance of winter bareness.
the best adapted for the winter residence 76. Bonchurch is country, and Ventnor, of the delicate ; as we advance more to the which lies close to it, is town in comparison, west, the protection is less as a whole, though and the regular lines of houses-private undoubtedly equal to that of the eastern and with accommodation for visitors- Undercliff, in many of the sheltered little hotels, shops, and all the etceteras, give it nooks. Moreover, owing to its elevation a more matter-of-fact and less romantic above the level of the sea, the Undercliff appearance than the other portions of the differs from most situations on our coast, in Undercliff; but yet, Ventnor, with its lofty being less exposed to the direct and im
cliff back-ground, its bold coast, its sea- | mediate influence of the sea-air ; a circumview, and its proximity to Bonchurch, has stance which in a medical point of view much to delight, to amuse, and to cheer. deserves attention.' Nor must we omit to mention, amidst its “But delightful as this district of the other attractions, the search after the Isle Undercliff is, even in December, one must of Wight diamonds,' which will often while not forget that all our readers are not lookaway an idle hour, either with the transient ing for invalid information, but that some summer visitor, or the more settled in- who may contemplate a summer trip may valid. This may seem a small matter to wish to know what they are to expect to enumerate among the capabilities of any see on our island. Few trips will offer invalid residence, were it not that every more genuine sources of pleasure. Suplittle attraction and excitement becomes of pose we cross from Portsmouth to Rydevalue to those whose wearisome hours of which lies on the north-eastern side of the ill-health are unrelieved by the stirring lozenge-we find a fashionable wateringincidents of the bustle, the business, and place, with clean, open streets, many of
them facing the sea, or rather the 'Solent cliff, or, if we will, traverse the high downs Channel,' as the expanse of water which which border its sheltering cliffs. Passing separates us from the mainland is called, Niton, St. Lawrence, Ventnor, Bonchurch, and very busy is the scene which this strip we come to another of these island Chines, of water, now narrowing and again widen- that of Shanklin; but how different from ing, gives occasion to. Steamers and the Black Gang! Here, the rivulet, which wherries sweep its surface ruffled with has in the lapse of time excavated the their constant movement to and fro; while chasm or little glen, is overhung by the westward, towards the Motherbank, the most luxuriant wood and vegetation, till it merchant craft, and castward, beyond Spit. ends in its little waterfall, and takes its head, the war vessels of Britain swing to serpentine course to the sea. Near the the changing tide. Overlooking all this, Chine, the elevated, but finely sheltered and scattered along the coasts, the mansions village of Shanklin offers a fine sea-view, a of wealth and rank add greatly to the magnificent beach at the foot of a hill, and beauty of the scene; nor is the interest all that a tourist may require. A little lessened by the sight of the towers of farther eastward, and the white, very white Osborne, which indicate the whereabouts of chalk cliffs of Bembridge meet the view the palace of the Queen. But let us go best seen from the sea, as they tower ir. with our tourist, northward to Cowes. loftiness sufficient for the eyrie of the eagle, Who does not know the rendezvous of the which has erewhile made them its home. Royal Yacht Squadron ?-and here are the A little farther, and we are once more in stir and bustle of a frequented harbour, Ryde, where thronging visitors, steamboats, moreover, excellent bathing and bathing and luggage-porters, and all the etceteras accommodation. Make your visit in August of bustling sea-side life, tells us how or September, and perhaps the Regatta will favourite a resort is · The Island.' add its excitements to the tourist's visit. “It has already been stated, that for the Should we make up our minds to leave the winter residence of the invalid, the district sea for a time, a boat will take us up the of the Undercliff, to which may be added Medina to Newport, and we shall visit as the sheltered portions of Shanklin, is the desirable a little town as can be found, most suitable for the delicate-chested, or, cheerful in itself and environed by a indeed, for those in ailing health generally pleasing contrast of hill and dale; open Sir James Clark states, from the end of down and wood-girt field. We bend our October to the middle of May as the proper steps westward to the long end of the season for the residence of those who seek lozenge-shaped island to Freshwater Bay, the mild climate on the score of health, and with its lofty chalk cliffs, to Scratchells' even up to the middle of August it is Bay, and lofty vaulted arch worn in the allowable; but from that time to the middle rock by the never-tiring waves. Here, too, of Oetober it is far from a desirable resort, we get our view of the Needles,' or Needlé The air is then relaxing, and has a de rocks, so well known to all, and so dreaded pressing effect upon the animal economy.' by the sailor who approaches this coast in a The same authority classes Niton, Cowes, storm. A journey of twelve miles along Sandown, Shanklin, as good summer resi the south-west border of the lozenge, and dences, but gives the preference over them we reach the most southern, and, at the all to Ryde, not only from its position, but same time, the highest land in the island, because, from the open manner in which St. Catherine's Point, which rises within a part of it is built, many of the houses little of nine hundred feet above the sea, having gardens attached to them, it and here looks down upon the district of possesses most of the advantages of a the Undercliff. But, ere we reach the land country residence, together with those of of sheltered nooks and luxuriant foliage, a sea-bathing place. The neighbourhood we must past the chasm of the Black is also very beautiful and favourable for Gang Chine;'* dark, rocky, and unclothed exercise. " by tree or shrub, this sterile place may yet possess greater charms for some minds than BEAUTIFUL THINGS.-Beautiful things are sug. even the gentler and more cultivated gestive of a purer and higher life, and fill us with beauties of other scenes. Leaving, however, a mingled love and fear. They have a graciousthe Chine behind us, we may well wenå ness that wing us, and an excellence to which we our way through the beauties of the Under- | pure and modestly aspiring, keep a vase of flowers
If you are poor, yet * Chine is a provincial term applied to the crannies,
on your table, and they will help to maintain your or, as they would he called in Scotland, little glens; dignity, and secure for you consideration and which occur along the Isle of Wight coast.
delicacy of behaviour.--T. T. Lynch.